NBC has put Nobody’s Watching back in development after the sitcom pilot’s successful Web outing on YouTube.com. The network opens its season with a two-hour version of Deal or No Deal on Sept. 18.
NBC is resurrecting the failed WB pilot, Nobody’s Watching, which has been downloaded more than 600,000 times on YouTube.com over the summer.
The network’s in-house deal with NBC Universal Television Studio includes script development and webisodes. If NBC likes what it sees, it will place a series order for the show.
“We’re doing this in the spirit of experiment,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â said NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly at the TV Critics tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday. “I want to do even more of it on the network.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Reilly said he made the deal after meeting with the show’s creator, Scrubs’ Bill Lawrence, a couple of weeks ago.
Nobody’s Watching is about two TV-obsessed Ohio boys who are invited to produce a sitcom while they are being taped for a reality show about them.
Announcing the rollout of NBC’s new show in September (below), Reilly wasn’t willing to guarantee ratings victory, but he expressed confidence in the new lineup. “Our ratings will definitely be better. We will not be mired in fourth week after week. We will be challenger in many time periods. And we have new series that will emerge as amongst the best in television.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
In other programming news, NBC will return Simon Cowell’s America’s Got Talent to its schedule in January on Sundays at 8 p.m. And Last Comic Standing will have a regular summertime berth, returning to NBC in June 2007.
“I expect that show to be an annual summer event for years to comeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Reilly said.
NBC also will air for the first time a two-hour concert event in November, featuring Madonna performing part of her “Confessions from the Dance FloorÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â tour.
NBC also is planning to air 13 episodes of Dateline’s Internet crime series, which in the past two years has focused on sexual predators that use the Internet to find their victims, This season, it will investigate others areas of Internet crime, including identity theft and fraud.
In casting, Sally Field, who just signed on as a cast member on ABC’s Brothers and Sisters, will return to ER this season and John Stamos will finally join the cast. ER will air in all originals this season, taking a hiatus from January through April to make way for 13 episodes of Paul Haggis’ mob-themed Black Donnellys.
Much of NBC’s fall schedule will be available for audiences to check out before premiere week, with Netflix sending out DVDs of Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Kidnapped. NBC, like CBS and ABC, also is offering extensive clips of shows on its First Look web site.
NBC’s premieres will run as follows:
Monday, Sept. 18: Two-hour Deal or No Deal special, 8-10 p.m.; Studio 60, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 19: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, 9 p.m.; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 20: Two-hour premiere of The Biggest Loser, 8-10 p.m.; Kidnapped, 10 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21: My Name is Earl, 8 p.m.; The Office, 8:30 p.m; Deal or No Deal, 9 p.m.; ER, 10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22: Law & Order, 10 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 25: Heroes, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 3: Friday Night Lights, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Two back-to-back episodes of Twenty Good Years, 8-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 30 Rock, 8:30 p.m.